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the literacy initiative he started and the author of bailout. for a complete list, visit booktv.org. like us on facebook. get up-to-date information on events. facebook.com/booktv. .. to the general public about the founding all pretty much agree that the founding fathers are bad. they're racist; they're sexist; they're elitists. they weren't sincere when they said that all men are created equal. they didn't include women; they didn't include blacks. they excluded the poor from the vote. so all of this is out there, and it requires a response. c-span: where did this start? >> guest: the--historically, really, it goes back to the progressive era. the first really serious attacks on the founding took place--people like charles beard, whose book on the economic origins of the constitution basically argued that the constitution was written by a group of self-interested rich people out to protect their private property. c-span: what year? >> guest: sometime around 1911, i think, 1913. c-span: did everybody just fall in the line with mr. beard? >> guest: well, this became the orthodoxy as time wen
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